Biblio-files for April 2016
Oh man, there are so many great books in this list, April was a great month for good books. I also realized this month that I really enjoy science books. Didn’t see that one coming! Here is what I thought of each one from top to bottom of the stack*:
1. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I’m not sure what I thought this book was going to be about, but whatever it was, this was the opposite. I really enjoyed it. Great to toss in your beach bag, you’ll be off in your world in no time.
2. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Wonderful story about families and the relationships between grown children. Another great one for getting lost in. As soon as I saw the cover I was back entangled in the cloud of reading it.
3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. I didn’t realize that I was reading a collection of stories until the first one ended and I was so sad to not know what was going to happen to the characters next. Captivating and engaging, I’m pretty sure I have read both of Lahiris other books and will read anything she writes. Excellent author.
4. The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. I was surprised at how into this one I got. Non fiction about the HeLa cells, where they came from and how and the impact they still on modern medicine. Told through the family of the origin of the cells. Are you confused by what I’m talking about, well then go read it, it was fascinating!
5. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. Another wonderful, magical Hoffman novel. I do adore her books. I may have yelled at this one a few times but that was more from being really into it.
6. Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal. I read this for book club and let me tell you that all of us thought it was much different than what it sells itself as. If you take it as a biography of the woman who started the pizza place Wild in NYC and Thinx, the period underwear, you’ll enjoy it much more. There however better biographies out there of people in business.
7. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman. I just can’t help myself. If you had to choose between the two Hoffman books I read, I’d go with this one. Magical, mysterious and fluid…as her books should be.
8. Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear. Great book about food and the “food movement” in the US right now. I am all set to eat bugs after reading this. Seriously, I could write an entire post about that and most likely will so I’ll just leave you with knowing that it if you’re into food and restaurants and what’s going on in them in US cities, then you’ll enjoy this.
9. Spook by Mary Roach. “Science Tackles the Afterlife”. If you have read anything by Roach, you’ll love it. She delves into a subject and investigates it from every angle, dedicating chapters to each nuance and using her humor to create an enjoyable dialog as she delivers the info. I love her books, they’re all amazing.
10. Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland. I’ve never been disappointed with anything written by Coupland. This book is no exception: it’s snarky, ridiculous and will have you shaking your head in amusement the whole way through…that is if you’re part of generation x.
Superlatives for the April list
Most likely to tell you to read if I saw you in person: Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear
Most likely to be forgettable: The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
Most likely to be amazing: Spook by Mary Roach
Most likely to enjoy on a plane or beach: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Most likely to make you laugh: Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland
Least likely to be what you thought: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Least likely to put down: This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Least likely to read again: The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Least likely to recommend: Do Cool Sh*t by Miki Agrawal
Least likely to laugh: The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
*In my biblio-files I write about what I thought and felt about the book, in the style that if I ran into and you said you needed a book to read, and asked what have I been reading, this is what I would say. To find out the plot or what is written on the back, simply look it up on amazon, good reads or at your favorite book store!